Jehovah Tsuri – The Lord Our Rock

Blessed be the Lord, my rock
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.

He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him;
He subdues my people under me.

Psalms 144:1-2

Who was David?

We have the unique ability to read the account of David’s life from a very early age. We see David was a man of battle. As a boy, he killed a bear and a lion to protect his sheep. He killed a giant to protect the name of God. Time and again David saw victory in the battle. He was a warrior and he surrounded himself with mighty men of war. Songs were created to honor him and his great victories. 

As the troops were coming back, when David was returning from killing the Philistine, the women came out from all the cities of Israel to meet King Saul, singing and dancing with tambourines, with shouts of joy, and with three-stringed instruments. 

As they danced, the women sang:
Saul has killed his thousands,
but David his tens of thousands.       

1 Samuel 18:6-7

David was a man of battle and a man of victory. He was not a perfect man but he was a skilled warrior. Yet, in the Psalm “My Rock and My Fortress. Of David”, David did not write about his skills. He did not write about his victories. He did not write about his abilities at all instead he gives all the glory to God.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.

He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him;
He subdues my people under me.

Psalms 144:1-2

Jehovah Tsuri – The Lord our Rock

David said blessed be the Lord, our ROCK. No matter how many victories David won, or how many lands he secured, his trust remained in the Lord, alone.

David did not trust in his skills or abilities. He did not trust in his strategies. He relied on God.

God revealed himself as the Rock to and through a man of victory, during a time of victory.   

When we are walking under the favor, blessings and protections of God, we can become complacent. We can slowly begin to rely on our own abilities, strategies and skills. We can begin to attribute victories to our own devices. 

We build our foundation on the sand of our pride instead of the one true ROCK. 

This Psalm is a beautiful reminder that the Lord is our Rock AND it is Him who trains our hands for battle and our fingers for warfare. 

We may not fight the physical battles that David fought but we are in battles daily.  Battles in our minds, battles for our souls, battles in prayer for loved ones, and on it goes.  The war that wages for our soul, my brothers and sisters, does not end.  We must continually seek Jehovah Tsuri, The Lord our Rock.  He will sustain us, He will deliver us.  He will give us the strategy and the strength for the victories. 

He is God in our times of victory and He is God in our times of defeat. 

Blessed be the name of the Lord. 

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Ephesian 6:13-18 MSG 

Many Blessings,

Misty

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